‘Chappelle’s Show’ Was Removed From Netflix, but It’s Still Streaming on Another Major Platform

Netflix made headlines today when they made the decision to remove Chappelle’s Show from their platform mere weeks after adding it. In early November, fans of the beloved comedy sketch show were thrilled at the opportunity to begin bingeing the show. Premiering in 2003, the show spanned three seasons and made comedian, Dave Chappelle, a household name. As the show ended abruptly, many fans jumped at the chance to revisit the show. So why was it taken down so swiftly by Netflix?

Netflix removed Chappelle's Show at Dave Chappelle's request
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Naturally, when fans of Chappelle’s Show learned that the show had been removed, they were demanding to know the reason why. Of course, shows and movies leave the platform all the time, but they’re usually available for fans to enjoy for at least a few months’ time. When it was reported that the show was removed at Dave Chappelle’s request, fans were even more confused. To clear up the situation, the comedian took to his Instagram page and posted a video that explained his decision. “Unforgiven. This is why,” the A Star is Born actor captioned the video.

‘Chappelle’s Show’ has been removed from Netflix after only a few weeks

In the video, Chappelle explained that he was never fairly compensated for his work on the show despite the amount of creativity and originality that he contributed. Considering that the comedian was the primary reason that the show was so successful, many fans assumed that he was reaping the financial benefits for it. But the actor was quick to debunk those claims.

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“People think I made a lot of money from Chappelle’s Show,” the Half Baked star shared in his video. “When I left that show, I never got paid. They didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.”

Why Dave Chappelle requested that his popular show be removed from Netflix

Chappelle continued on to share that he was extremely angered when he found out that Netflix, with whom he partnered for five stand-up specials between 2017-2019, was streaming Chappelle’s Show. He felt that the streaming giant should have known that he was taken advantage of in regards to fair compensation for the sketch-based show, and he called them up to give them a piece of his mind.

“So you know what I did?” Chappelle shared about what he did upon learning that his show was streaming on Netflix. “I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better. That’s why I fu*k with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman. They did something just because they thought that I might think that they were wrong.”

The TV show is still streaming on another platform

Clearly, Netflix has no intention of losing Chappelle as a partner and it was in their best interest to take his show off of their platform. Unfortunately, for the actor, the popular show is available via another streaming giant. HBO Max offers all three seasons of the show to its consumers. But just because fans have other means of streaming the show doesn’t mean they should according to Chappelle. In fact, he had strong feelings for those who continue to stream the show.

“I think if you are fu*king streaming that show you’re fencing stolen goods,” the Chappelle’s Show star shared. “They stole that from me. They just took it. And I’m not here trying to tell you guys that I believe Comedy Central gave me a raw deal just because I’m black. I believe they gave me a raw deal because this fucking industry is a monster.” Hopefully, Chappelle’s statements will make fans think twice about streaming his show. If nothing else though, it’s a lesson on making sure creatives have better contracts in the future.